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Victoria University of Wellington
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The Rotary Mechanical

Meet the Rotary Mechanical. Created by Richard Clarkson, a 21-year-old design student from New Zealand, it’s a concept phone that combines modern technology with the more tactile experience of a vintage phone. Built to be sustainable—each piece is replaceable—the phone can evolve with progressing technology and its owner’s changing tastes. Clarkson sees it as a sort of object lesson. “There must be a balance between the physical and the digital,” he says. “Hopefully this will make people think about where that balance should be.”

On the Surface: Produced on a 3-D resin printer, the Rotary Mechanical cell phone’s plastic core was electroplated with copper, then painted. The electronics, including the screen on the back, were culled from a Samsung Envy phone.